They’ve certainly taken their time getting around to it, but BT has finally entered the consumer mobile broadband market with the launch of a new pre-pay service for new and existing customers.
The BBC, ITV and BT have announced a proposal to create an “open environment for broadband connected digital television receivers.”
It’s an initiative open for all UK public service broadcasters, device developers and other ISPs, which they hope will lead to a new generation of subscription free devices, carrying free to air channels and a huge selection of on demand TV services like iPlayer and ITV Player, as well as the potential for films, shows and interactive content from a range of other providers in standard and high definition.
The recent story about Wikipedia being censored by a large number of UK ISPs has raised a lot of blog post/ tweets / column inches about quite how terrible / good it is that our Internet is not free and open.
Wake up UK! … this ain’t nothing new.
Ofcom are altering the very grandly named, “Universal Service Condition 1,” to let BT provide discounted connections to people on their Ebbsfleet Fibre optic trial, which plans to provide network connections of up to 100Mbps.
With a deft tug on the velvet curtain, BT has let rip with its shiny Home Hub 2.0, a matt black beast stuffing 802.11n Wi-Fi, an eco-friendly power-save function and kid-repelling child controls in its curvy lines.
As well as replacing the earlier white colour scheme with the moody black number, there’s been some changes inside too, with the router now supporting the draft version of 802.11n, which should allow users to roam free, free, free like the wind. Or maybe a little further up their garden.
Pace, UK-based creators of digital TV products, has won a new contract to supply BT with their next-generation V-box, for use on the BT Vision service.
Previously Philips supplied the V-box (that runs the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV middleware) but following Pace’s purchase of Philips Set Top Box (STB) division, it’s natural — but we imagine pleasing — that the contact should go to Pace.
Following our story on the vulnerabilities of the BT Home Hub, the most widely used DSL wireless router in the UK, BT sent us this statement last week after we requested it.
Those with a BT Home Hub — and there’s a lot of them, as it’s currently the most popular DSL router in the UK — might be sleeping a little less soundly tonight following the claims of an ethical hacking group, GNUCitizen, to have found a way to past its Wireless security.
Rather than getting all hardcore and going into details of how it came about, we’ll give you the overview.
Ask most people about their views on Phorm and you’ll either get a blank look or people turning purple with rage.
In brief: It’s a ‘service’ that monitors all of your normal Web browsing, with the stated aim of providing personalised advertising to you. All of this monitoring is made possible under agreements with ISPs, including BT, Talk Talk and Virgin Media.
Continue reading fipr: Phorm Web Monitoring Illegal?
BT have been taking people to the Isle of Wight during Cowes week with rather enjoyable sailing events both for press, customers and as team building events. Of course they also sponsor the Island’s sailing wunderkind Dame Ellen Macarthur through, BT Team Ellen.
Well it looks like the Island has really got under their skin, as today they’re officially announcing that they’re the primary sponsors of this year’s Isle of Wight Music Festival.